With so much coronavirus news being published every day – multiple times a day – it can be difficult to know which sources to turn to for reliable information. To ensure you’re getting the trustworthy facts you need, check out these JS-vetted resources. We’ve also provided an index of some key terms to be familiar with to help you accurately interpret news and reports.
Public Health Agencies
For the most current information about the health impact of COVID-19, we recommend visiting the websites below:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Disease symptoms and treatment best practices, daily updates of the number of cases in the United States
- World Health Organization: Protective measures for individuals as well as country by country guidelines for how to manage the disease
- Health and Human Services: Links to all American federal public health agencies, along with the latest measures taken by the federal government to curb the disease
- Directory of all local American public health agencies: Organized by state
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Live policy updates and guidelines for how to best mitigate COVID-19, along with CMS press releases
For information on public event cancellations and postponements, check out these sources:
- CBS News: Events that have been cancelled across the country
- ZDNet: Technology conference updates, cancellations and contingency plans
- USA Today: Music festival, movie and TV production cancellations
- Billboard: Live updates of music event cancellations
- ESPN: Sport cancellations and potential resumption plans
- New York Times: Live event cancellations
- Time Magazine: Live event cancellations
Latest Store Closures
If you’re wondering which retailers are no longer welcoming in-person customers, review these links:
- CBS News: Major retail brands that have closed across the country
- New York Times: Clothing and beauty stores that have closed across the country
Public Health Officials on Social Media
For those who prefer to receive updates via their Twitter feed, consider following these experts:
- Seema Verma (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
- Dr. Robert Redfield (Director, Centers for Disease and Control Prevention)
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General, World Health Organization)
- Alex Azar (Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services)
Several new terms have emerged in relation to the pandemic. Here are some definitions and distinctions to keep in mind.
- Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections that range from the common cold to more severe diseases (World Health Organization).
- COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19, the newest iteration of the virus, had not previously been identified and was named accordingly by the World Health Organization in February (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Social Distancing: Deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness (Johns Hopkins Medicine).
- Self-quarantine: This refers to people who are not actively sick restricting interactions with others because they have been exposed to the virus or are asymptomatic carriers (Department of Health and Human Services).
- Self-isolation: This refers to sick individuals who are restricting their movement to avoid further spreading the contagion (Department of Health and Human Services).
- Flattening the Curve: “The curve” is an infographic contrasting the disease’s presumed trajectory when protective measures are taken by governing authorities versus when they are not. When measures are implemented, the curve “flattens” – that is, fewer people carry the virus. This New York Times article shows the trajectory of the disease in several countries.